“This is a critical stage in the world of college athletics, and we really need our fans to jump in all the way with support for Advancing Missouri Athletes. When we joined the Southeastern Conference, I said we would need to see construction cranes in the air all the time to make sure our facilities kept up with the rest of the league. We’re fortunate now to have some of the best facilities in the country, thanks to great administrative leadership and support from donors. Now, it’s our fans’ turn to impact the future of the program by participating in AMA – they can make a difference and help us return to competing for championships.”
Gary Pinkel
Former Football Coach
"The University of Missouri is a tremendous institution. Missourians take pride in both our academics and our athletic teams. My teams always took pride in how we represented the University and the people of Missouri. Our loyal Tiger fans now have an unprecedented opportunity to impact our basketball program and help them compete at the highest level. Participating with the Advancing Missouri Athletes collective helps us level the playing field. I encourage all Tiger fans to lend a hand."
Norm Stewart
Former Basketball Coach
"My time at Mizzou was a life-changing experience and I'm really excited to see Advancing Missouri Athletes working to benefit both the athletes and the programs. Our fans will benefit too, when they're watching Mizzou playing for championships. Our fans were so good to me in my time there, and I know they will rise to the challenge to support AMA and keep Mizzou competitive with NIL."
Marcus Golden
"It's a very exciting time for college athletics, and I'm encouraged to see what Advancing Missouri Athletes is doing to give our program a boost related to the new NIL legislation. I understand there are several outstanding opportunities for fans to participate in, but I've seen that AMA is highly suited to provide a big impact for Mizzou. AMA is building things the right way, and has a great team leading things to get that done. Now, all they need is support from our fans to help the Tigers compete at a Championship level."
Chase Coffman
“As a former college athlete, and as the father of one as well, NIL is something I’m very interested in. I’m glad that the current athletes will benefit from this, and I think back to my days in Columbia and how helpful this would have been to me then. I see this as good progress, and I want to see Mizzou take full advantage of what’s available. I encourage all Mizzou fans to support their Tigers by participating however they can with Advancing Missouri Athletes.”
Melvin Booker
“The creation of Name, Image, and Likeness has been long overdue. As a former scholarship athlete, I can say that I am very thankful for my two degrees. However, being able to benefit from my Name, Image, and Likeness back then would have allowed me to lay the financial foundation toward securing my future in the event of a career-ending injury – which ultimately is what happened to me five years into my professional career. Many of these current athletes will not have the opportunity to play professionally, but if they are compensated for their efforts while in college, they will have the chance to lay the foundation for financial stability for the rest of their lives.”
Laurence Bowers
“As a current professional athlete and former Mizzou athlete, I understand the importance of NIL, and how it will play a key role in helping our basketball program return to the level we all know it belongs at. I believe that the Universities who effectively use NIL the correct way, will advance their athletic programs the most. I can't think of a better ambassador, than my brother and former Mizzou teammate, Laurence Bowers, to lead the charge through AMA. Now is the time for all of us to make a huge impact.”
Marcus Denmon
"As a first-generation college graduate and Mizzou alum, I understand the courage it takes to move hundreds of miles away from your family. Arriving on campus with limited resources to help cover financial burdens such as your dorm or apartment necessities, reliable transportation, and overall living expenses created a barrier to performing at my best both on and off the field. With the expected challenges of being a student-athlete in the most competitive conference in the country, we often overlook the unexpected challenges our student-athletes face on a day to day basis. I'm proud to provide guidance to our current student-athletes who are navigating the NIL space to grant themselves the opportunity to perform better in all areas of their lives. Helping student-athletes provide for their families, invest in their futures, and learn the business of sports is essential and has been an experience I'm grateful to be a part of. This is a great time to be a Tiger and even better time for our alumni base to see the immediate impact of their contributions to Advancing Missouri Athletes."
Bud Sasser
“I was fortunate to be part of a special period of time with Mizzou Football, and I saw firsthand how much pride it brought to our fans all over. Winning helped raise the profile for not only the program, but for the University and even for the State of Missouri. As an in-state kid, it meant the world to me to be part of that resurgence, and now our fans have the chance to regain that momentum and see their beloved Tigers play championship football. I encourage Mizzou fans to participate in the success of the program by supporting Advancing Missouri Athletes.”
Martin Rucker